Our Mini Yoga Retreat was featured in the Red Magazine! Click here (in Dutch, Adobe PDF) to read the lovely review by journalist Marleen Vos (Achterhoek location)!
After 10 amazing mini-retreats since the Autumn of 2010, it is time again to join Corine for a 3 days & 3 nights Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation Retreat in the Dutch countryside. This time we go to the beautiful Holidays province of Drenthe, known for its forests, heathlands (heidevelden), shifting sands (stuifzanden), flocks of sheep (schaapskudden), prehistoric megaliths (Hunebedden), fen colonies (veenkoloniën), as well as cosy, tranquil villages. A special Winter retreat to close off 2017 fully in balance from Thursday 7 - Sunday 10 Dec 2017!
Withdraw yourself in the quiet, cozy countryside of Drenthe, with a lovely group of like-minded people, to reflect, relax, and renew! This mini Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation Retreat will be an ultimate mini-break to re-load and re-energize yourself in just 3 days. Let Go, Cleanse, and Renew will be our theme! Besides many Yoga Sessions, a Mindfulness Meditation Workshop will be given, after which this meditation technique will be practiced during the 3 days. We will take a Silent Meditative Walk on the beautiful heathlands (heidevelden) of Drenthe, where under guidance we will herd a flock of sheep in silence. The retreat also includes a cleansing Fire Ceremony, and we will further pamper and detox ourselves with super-healthy meals (vegetarian and primarily organic), prepared with lots of love and attention! The Detox focus of the retreat will be excellent to bring us back in shape physically and mentally, and stay healthy and fit. The location we stay is very special too: a beautiful meditation farm (Thich Nhat Hanh tradition), with a super large 3-hectare Spiritual Garden for you to explore, with Europe's largest natural labyrinth!
At the bottom of this page you can read what participants say about Corine's Mini Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation retreats.
Sign up in time! The number of people for the retreat is limited, as we will host a maximum of 16 guests. Plus we have an Early Bird Bonus: the first 4 people (more in case the retreat doesn't run full) who sign up, will get a 1-person room assigned!
3 days & 3 nights: Thursday 7 - Sunday 10 December 2017
The retreat starts on Thursday 7 Dec at 17:00hr with a warm welcome and group dinner, followed by a very relaxing yoga class to guide you into the night. It ends on Sunday 10 Dec at 17:00hr after a delicious lunch and an afternoon program with a closing yoga-session.
The retreat includes morning and early evening Yoga Sessions, a Mindfulness Meditation Workshop, a wonderful Silent Meditative Walk on the heathlands (heidevelden) of Drenthe where under guidance we will herd a flock of sheep in silence, and a cleansing Fire Ceremony. Truly wonderful, healthy vegetarian & organic meals, and free-time in the afternoon to do what you want: take a rest, go for a walk and explore the 3-hectare Spiritual Garden, read a book in the farm's spiritual library, or relax with your yogi friends!
We will have 2 Yoga Sessions per day. In the morning we will have an active, invigorating yoga session of 2.5 hours. In the early evening we will have a more mellow, slow down & relax, restorative session of 1.5 hours.
The Yoga Sessions will be Vinyasa style and holistic; we will include Physical Postures (Asanas) in combination with Breathing Exercises (Pranayama), Meditation (a Mindfulness Workshop is included in this retreat!), and also Yoga Philosophy and chanting of Mantras.
Each day of the mini retreat will have a special theme. On day 1 we will work on letting go, leaving our pasts behind, being in acceptance and full surrendering to What Is. On day 2 we will rinse, squeeze, and detox our bodies (a good cleanse to stay healthy & fit!), and on day 3 we will be ready to open our hearts to the future, and renew! Let Go, Cleanse, and Renew!
We will accommodate ALL LEVELS yoga practitioners. For beginning and less advanced students we will demonstrate modified postures, and will have blocks and belts available to support the postures.
All sessions and workshops will be taught bi-lingual (English/Dutch).
Retreat Schedule & Yoga Activities
A regular retreat day will look like this:
Light breakfast, sit down for own meditation, or take a little morning walk
Active, invigorating Yoga session, including Pranayama and Meditation
Wonderful, healthy vegetarian & organic lunch
Free time to do what you want: take a rest, go for a walk, read a book, or relax with your yogi friends!
Mindfulness Meditation Workshop (day 1) / Silent Meditative Walk & Sheep Herding on the heathlands (heidevelden) (day 2)
Mellow, slow down & relax, restorative Yoga Session, including Pranayama and Meditation
Wonderful, healthy vegetarian & organic dinner
Mindfulness Meditation Workshop
The mini retreat includes a Mindfulness (Vipassana) Meditation Workshop on day 1, setting up a foundation for your meditation practice during the rest of the retreat (and back home!).
Silent Meditative Walk & Sheep Herding
In the afternoon of day 2 we will take a silent meditative walk with the group on one of the beautiful, tranquil heathlands (heidevelden) of Drenthe, the Balloërveld, where under guidance we will herd a flock of sheep in silence. So very special!
Spititual Garden "Hof van Karuna"
The meditation farm where we stay has a 3-hectare themed garden you enter in silence, called the "Hof van Karuna" (compassion), with 30 different themes from various spiritual traditions. A.o. the 4 elements, a zen garden where you can rake pebbles (zenharktuin), a lemniscate garden, yin yang gardens, two labyrinths including the Chartre labyrinth (32 metres diameter, 700 metres long, the largest natural labyrinth of Europe!), the Buddha Hill, the Path of Joy etc.. This garden is maybe the most spiritual garden in the Netherlands, for you to enjoy and explore during the retreat, and a beautiful way to further reflect and relax!
A fire ceremony will take place at the fire place in the Spiritual Garden to let go of the burden(s) we do no longer wish to take with us in our lives, to cleanse and renew.
Accommodation - The Farmhouse Retreat Centre
We will stay on a very nice, warm and friendly meditation farm (Thich Nhat Hanh tradition), with a super large 3-hectare Spiritual Garden (see above) for you to explore. It is situated in the beautiful countryside of Drenthe, with endless views over its fields and fen colonies (veenkoloniën). The farmhouse retreat centre is characterized by its peace and quietness, loving attention, simplicity, beautiful nature surroundings, and tranquil setting. It has rooms for 1 person and 2 persons, and bathrooms are shared. The farmhouse retreat centre can host a maximum of 16-22 people.
The farm has been rated with a 9.5 score for their accommodation, food, and care. Special features of the meditation farm are the Spiritual Garden (see above), and a very nice spiritual library with a large collection of super interesting books on all kinds of topics from various spiritual traditions. The farm also still has some animals. Animals help us to be in the Here and Now, and they allow us just to BE. They bring us joy and warmth, and show us how to be happy in this moment. There are pigs who love to be cuddled, a pony, a dog, chickens, rabbits, and of course sheep, to be stroked and brushed by you! And last but not least our super warm and loving hosts Wim & Ida, the owners of the retreat centre and both a farmer's background, who love to share all the beautiful aspects of the farm life with you as well as their love for meditation according to the tradition by the Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh. You will land in a warm bath!
As on all YogaYatra retreats we will pay special attention to the food! Always delicious and very healthy, supporting the healthy detox focus of the yoga retreat. All meals will be vegetarian and largely organic.
There are 4 rooms for 1 person and 6 rooms for 2 persons. We have an Early Bird Bonus: the first 4 people (more in case the retreat doesn't run full) who sign up, will get a 1-person room assigned!
The costs for the retreat are € 425 all inclusive, except for your transport to the retreat centre, which you need to arrange yourself.
The costs of the retreat include:
- all yoga and meditation sessions as described above, including a Mindfulness Meditation Workshop (see “The Yoga” and “Retreat Schedule & Yoga Activities”)
- excursion: silent walk & sheep herding on the heathlands
- accommodation for 3 nights and 3 days (based on a single or shared room)
- 3 wonderful, healthy, vegetarian & organic meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner
- tea, coffee, and fruits available whole day
- beddings & towels (beddengoed & handdoeken)
Not included are:
- the transport/travel to the retreat centre and back home which you need to arrange yourself
- your personal insurance which you need to take care of yourself, e.g. travel & health insurance, cancellation insurance (annuleringsverzekering), and liability insurance (aansprakelijkheidsverzekering, in case you e.g. damage something at the retreat centre for which you will be personally liable)
- extra food, drinks and snacks you may take while on group outings or own organized trips and excursions
- other optional outings and activities
- yoga mats – please bring your own yoga mat!
Subscription & Payment
- Submit the booking form below to let us know you intend to sign in and to hold a spot for you. You will receive a registration email with our bank details.
- Then please fill in and SIGN our Registration Form (Dec 2017) (Adobe PDF), and post it to the address as given on the form, or scan the signed form and email it to the address on the form.
- Transfer the total retreat costs - € 425 - by bank to YogaYatra - bank details will be supplied to you after you send in the booking form.
- To hold a spot for you in the retreat, this payment of € 425 is due within 8 days of sending registration into us.
- Upon receipt of the € 425 and your Registration Form, your reservation will be confirmed again.
- For our cancellation policy we refer to the Registration Form.
Please note: we advise you to be on time with your subscription and payment! The number of people for the retreat is limited, as we will host a maximum of 16 guests. We also offer a 1-person room on a first come first served basis (and we have 4 single rooms, more if the retreat doesn't run full).
You can travel to the retreat centre easily by car or by train. From Amsterdam it will take about 2h 15 mins both by car and train. We always make it possible for partcipants upfront to contact each other to share cars and regio-taxi's (if traveling by train). The address of the retreat centre is:
Exloërveen 18 a
9574 PB EXLOERVEEN
Click here for Google Maps location & route description.
You take the train to station Emmen. Note that at station Zwolle you need to check out with NS, and check in with Arriva. As the retreat starts at 17:00hr, we advise you to take the train that leaves at 15:21hr from Zwolle and arrives at station Emmen at 16:15hr.
De Maanhoeve staff will pick people up from the Emmen station at 16:15hr if everybody arrives at this similar time. You have to let us know 1 week upfront if you want to be picked up at this time. If people cannot make that time you can call the Maanhoeve at +31 (0)6 51537145 and they will arrange a regiotaxi for you. You can also arrange and call the regiotaxi yourself: taxi Dorenbos, tel. +31 (0)591 303535. The regiotaxi will take about 20 mins from the station to the Maanhoeve, and costs € 7.50 p.p..
Please contact us us should you have any questions or need further information!